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The Grow Room forums; On a recent build, I decided to give mylar-backed christmas wrapping paper (poly-wrap) a try on the walls. Since the ...
Attention Potential Poly-Wrap Users
On a recent build, I decided to give mylar-backed christmas wrapping paper (poly-wrap) a try on the walls. Since the existing walls were textured concrete, I glued sheets of Greenboard to them using Heavy-Duty Construction Adhesive (peeled plastic layer from wall side of foam first), then wallpapered it with the polywrap using spray adhesive (left plastic attached to this side as the adhesive eats the foam). Now keep in mind during the following that it helps to work top to bottom since the roll gets to be an awkward pain in the ass as you get higher, but I had to go from the floor up in a couple spots. I started with four thumbtacks pressed through the mylar and into the foam (this is a good time to unroll down the wall a little way to make sure you're running straight). It doesn't hold the greatest, so be gentle. Working in 12"-18" sections, I sprayed adhesive on the wall and on "decorative" side of the poly-wrap, let it set up for around 30 seconds, then (with a cotton-gloved hand) smoothed the center against the wall in a vertical fashion (go whichever way you're unrolling), then horizontally toward the sides until it was all pressed to the wall. When you reach the ceiling/floor, remove the tacks and attach that area to the wall (try to leave yourself a little working room when you start, nothing sucks worse than trying to hold up/down a 4" section and spray it with the can against the floor/ceiling) Repeat as necessary, but watch your overspray! I ended up with a few spots on these walls, thankfully nothin major. Also, check your glove often and be careful not to get adhesive on it. If you do, it'll smear all over your nice, shiny surface on the next section. I bought a pack of gloves just in case. DON"T BUY RED-COLORED POLY-WRAP. By this, I mean the "decorative" side of course. I bought green, gold/yellow, and red. The red must react funny with the adhesive because it "bleeds" through. There are a few spots on this guy's wall where the mylar has a reddish tint, and you can see "christmas tree ball ornament ghosts." Luckily, he doesn't care and let me leave it that way. I taped all seams with "foil-type" duct tape, and am impressed with the results. If you have the working space and a trustworthy friend, 2 people might be a good idea here, but I was able to do this solo. The only bad thing about this is, if you get a wrinkle, you've got a wrinkle. There were a few spots where I managed to pull the mylar away from the wall in order to fix a wrinkle, but in the end, I don't recommend it. My first two pieces were sorta my "guinea pigs" until I figured out a good method, but if you can follow what I just tried to type , you won't have many...definitely not any big ones.
This is my first of many "how-tos." Shit...how do I move this to DIY?
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